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05/15/09
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Dovizioso sets pace in France practice  Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso was fastest in today’s opening practice for the Grand Prix of France at Le Mans in a session that was cut in half by a rain shower after 30 minutes. Both he and his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, were quickly on the pace this afternoon as they began the process of setting up the factory RC212V ahead of Sunday’s 28-lap race at the famous French venue.

Dovizioso lay in second place early in the session before going top at the halfway point, immediately before rain began to fall and the riders ducked into the pits. Though some riders returned to the damp track, they were unable to better Dovizioso’s fastest lap. Both Repsol Honda riders chose not to ride many laps in the damp conditions, preferring to preserve their allocation of wet tires.

Afterwards Dovizioso said, "I’m happy today because we have started in the right way here at Le Mans. I like this track and I was able to be fast right from the beginning of the session. Unfortunately it started raining in the middle of the practice and so we didn’t do many laps - only 16 in total. This meant we couldn’t test so many options on the machine but anyway, we were able to get some useful information and learn that we need to improve the set-up for corner entry. The lap times overall were not very fast today and I think they will come down by around two seconds - so today’s lap time is not indicative for the weekend. Regarding the race, I’ve had many podium finishes here so my expectations are high, but it’s too early to speculate about results. We just need to keep on working hard - and keep an eye on the weather."

Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team

1

Andrea Dovizioso 1m 36.136 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Casey Stoner 1m 36.194 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Randy De Puniet 1m 36.293 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
4 Chris Vermeulen 1m 36.301 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
5 Dani Pedrosa 1m 36.476 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Valentino Rossi 1m 36.751 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
7 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 37.024 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
8 Marco Melandri 1m 37.024 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
9 Loris Capirossi 1m 37.224 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
10 Colin Edwards 1m 37.269 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
11 Toni Elias 1m 37.270 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 James Toseland 1m 37.738 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Mika Kallio 1m 37.800 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Sete Gibernau 1m 37.875 SPA DUCATI Grupo Francisco Hernando
15 Nicky Hayden 1m 38.032 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
16 Alex De Angelis 1m 38.323 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Yuki Takahashi 1m 38.639 JAP HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
18 Niccolo Canepa 1m 39.116 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing

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